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the_DT
most_DT
common_JJ
(_(
and_CC
in_IN
many_DT
cases_NNS
the_DT
only_JJ
)_)
complaint_NN
against_IN
francis_NP
ford_NP
coppola_NP
's_POS
1972_CD
masterpiece_NN
the_DT
godfather_NN
is_BEZ
glamorising_VBG
of_IN
mafia_NN
,_,
which_WDT
is_BEZ
presented_VBN
as_IN
an_DT
institution_NN
guided_VBN
by_IN
ancient_JJ
tradition_NN
and_CC
virtues_NNS
like_IN
honour_NN
,_,
loyalty_NN
and_CC
solidarity_NN
more_DT
suitable_JJ
for_IN
some_DT
gentler_JJR
,_,
kinder_JJR
ages_NNS
._.
martin_NP
scorsese_JJ
,_,
another_DT
italoamerican_JJ
moviemaker_NN
,_,
confronted_VBN
that_CS
perspective_NN
with_IN
his_PP$
own_DT
,_,
more_DT
down-to-earth_NP
vision_NN
of_IN
mafia_NN
in_IN
1973_CD
mean_VB
streets_NNS
,_,
movie_NN
that_CS
dealt_VBN
with_IN
lower_JJR
echelons_NNS
of_IN
organised_JJ
crime_NN
._.
unfortunately_RB
for_IN
scorsese_JJ
,_,
his_PP$
film_NN
was_BEDZ
unspectacular_JJ
and_CC
too_RB
artsy_NN
to_IN
compete_VB
with_IN
coppola_NP
's_POS
influence_NN
on_IN
mafia_NN
portrayals_NNS
in_IN
the_DT
movies_NNS
._.
seventeen_CD
years_NNS
later_RBR
scorsese_JJ
returned_VBD
to_TO
mean_VB
streets_NNS
of_IN
new_JJ
york_NP
with_IN
another_DT
film_NN
that_CS
dealt_VBN
with_IN
darker_JJR
side_NN
of_IN
american_JJ
organised_JJ
crime_NN
._.
this_DT
film_NN
was_BEDZ
goodfellas_NP
,_,
epic_NN
black_JJ
comedy_NN
which_WDT
is_BEZ
today_RB
considered_VBN
as_IN
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
best_JJS
and_CC
most_RBS
influential_JJ
films_NNS
of_IN
1990s_CD
._.
goodfellas_NP
owes_VBZ
some_DT
of_IN
its_PP$
initial_JJ
success_NN
and_CC
popularity_NN
to_IN
the_DT
fact_NN
that_CS
it_PP
was_BEDZ
based_VBN
on_IN
the_DT
true_JJ
story_NN
,_,
told_VBD
in_IN
best-seller_NP
book_NN
wiseguy_???
by_IN
nicholas_NP
pileggi_???
(_(
who_NP
would_MD
co-write_VB
the_DT
screenplay_NN
for_IN
the_DT
film_NN
)_)
._.
the_DT
book_NN
,_,
as_CS
well_RB
as_CS
the_DT
film_NN
,_,
chronicled_VBN
thirty_CD
years_NNS
in_IN
the_DT
life_NN
of_IN
henry_NP
hill_NN
(_(
played_VBN
by_IN
ray_NP
liotta_NP
)_)
,_,
irish-italian_JJ
criminal_JJ
from_IN
new_JJ
york_NP
._.
at_IN
the_DT
age_NN
of_IN
13_CD
he_PP
gets_VBZ
recruited_VBN
in_IN
the_DT
criminal_JJ
organisation_NN
of_IN
paulie_NP
cicero_NP
(_(
played_VBD
by_IN
paul_NP
sorvino_NP
)_)
,_,
local_JJ
mob_NN
boss_NN
,_,
and_CC
gradually_RB
climbs_VBZ
up_RP
the_DT
ladder_NN
starting_VBG
with_IN
small_JJ
errands_NNS
._.
after_IN
couple_NN
of_IN
years_NNS
,_,
together_RB
with_IN
his_PP$
best_JJS
childhood_NN
friend_NN
tommy_NP
de_NP
vito_???
(_(
played_VBD
by_IN
joe_NP
pesci_???
)_(
,_,
he_PP
joins_VBZ
the_DT
crew_NN
of_IN
expert_NN
thieves_NNS
led_VBN
by_IN
jimmy_NP
conway_NP
(_(
played_VBD
by_IN
robert_NP
de_NP
niro_???
)_(
._.
three_CD
of_IN
them_PP
spend_VB
years_NNS
as_IN
best_JJS
friends_NNS
and_CC
associates_NNS
,_,
gathering_NN
enormous_JJ
wealth_NN
from_IN
their_PP$
criminal_JJ
enterprises_NNS
that_CS
would_MD
culminate_VB
with_IN
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
most_DT
spectacular_JJ
robberies_NNS
in_IN
american_JJ
history_NN
._.
wealth_NN
,_,
influence_NN
and_CC
privileges_NNS
of_IN
men_NNS
connected_VBN
with_IN
mafia_NN
are_BER
enough_RB
for_IN
henry_NP
hill_NN
to_IN
seduce_NN
his_PP$
future_NN
wife_NN
karen_NP
(_(
played_VBD
by_IN
lorraine_JJ
bracco_NN
)_)
,_,
who_WP
would_MD
afterwards_RB
remain_VB
loyal_JJ
to_IN
her_PP$
husband_NN
despite_IN
infidelities_NNS
,_,
domestic_JJ
abuse_NN
,_,
arrests_NNS
and_CC
would_MD
even_RB
be_BE
accomplice_NN
to_IN
his_PP$
own_DT
private_JJ
drug_NN
dealing_VBG
business_NN
._.
but_CC
the_DT
perfect_JJ
world_NN
of_IN
"_"
wiseguys_???
"_"
gradually_RB
begins_VBZ
to_IN
fall_NN
apart_RB
-_-
tommy_NP
's_POS
unpredictable_JJ
outbursts_NNS
of_IN
homicidal_JJ
violence_NN
,_,
jimmy_NP
's_POS
reluctance_NN
to_IN
share_NN
his_PP$
part_NN
of_IN
the_DT
loot_???
with_IN
partners_NNS
and_CC
,_,
finally_RB
,_,
henry_NP
's_POS
own_DT
drug_NN
habit_NN
would_MD
lead_VB
to_IN
his_PP$
downfall_NN
and_CC
make_VB
him_PP
question_NN
his_PP$
loyalty_NN
to_IN
the_DT
friends_NNS
._.
goodfellas_NP
is_BEZ
an_DT
excellent_JJ
example_NN
of_IN
a_DT
film_NN
that_CS
represents_VBZ
work_NN
of_IN
a_DT
film_NN
genius_NN
in_IN
his_PP$
full_JJ
glory_NN
._.
scorsese_JJ
managed_VBD
to_TO
create_VB
a_DT
vision_NN
which_WDT
is_BEZ
effective_JJ
and_CC
complete_JJ
despite_IN
being_BEG
full_JJ
of_IN
contradictions_NNS
that_CS
would_MD
ripped_VBD
the_DT
film_NN
apart_RB
in_IN
the_DT
hands_NNS
of_IN
less_DT
talented_JJ
filmmaker_NN
._.
world_NN
depicted_VBN
in_IN
this_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
both_RB
ordinary_JJ
and_CC
fascinating_JJ
._.
scorsese_JJ
spares_NNS
no_DT
effort_NN
to_IN
show_NN
us_NP
all_RB
the_DT
violence_NN
,_,
hypocrisy_NN
and_CC
inherent_JJ
paranoia_NN
of_IN
organised_JJ
crime_NN
,_,
yet_RB
it_PP
manages_VBZ
to_IN
make_NN
it_PP
both_RB
seductive_JJ
and_CC
funny_JJ
._.
after_IN
being_BEG
exposed_JJ
to_IN
two_CD
and_CC
half_NN
hours_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
and_CC
three_CD
decades_NNS
of_IN
criminal_JJ
history_NN
(_(
based_VBN
on_IN
some_DT
notorious_JJ
real_JJ
life_NN
events_NNS
)_)
,_,
the_DT
audience_NN
understands_VBZ
why_WRB
the_DT
characters_NNS
chose_VBD
such_DT
dangerous_JJ
life_NN
paths_NNS
,_,
trading_NN
the_DT
superficial_JJ
and_CC
short-lasting_VBG
glamour_NN
and_CC
prosperity_NN
of_IN
a_DT
criminal_JJ
to_IN
the_DT
dullness_NN
and_CC
poverty_NN
of_IN
honest_JJ
citizens_NNS
._.
scorsese_JJ
also_RB
manages_VBZ
to_IN
break_NN
viewer_NN
's_POS
moralistic_JJ
inhibitions_NNS
by_IN
showing_VBG
truly_RB
revolting_VBG
material_NN
-_-
scenes_NNS
that_CS
depict_VB
personal_JJ
tragedies_NNS
,_,
broken_JJ
homes_NNS
,_,
human_JJ
depravity_NN
,_,
violence_NN
,_,
bloodshed_NN
and_CC
murder_NN
-_-
in_IN
all_PDT
their_PP$
uncompromising_JJ
reality_NN
,_,
but_CC
in_IN
a_DT
manner_NN
that_CS
would_MD
make_VB
it_PP
amusing_JJ
and_CC
funny_JJ
to_IN
the_DT
audience_NN
._.
with_IN
the_DT
use_NN
of_IN
ironic_JJ
soundtrack_NN
,_,
manipulative_JJ
shots_NNS
,_,
character_NN
's_POS
dialogue_NN
or_CC
narrator_NN
's_POS
commentary_NN
,_,
goodfellas_NP
represents_VBZ
the_DT
new_JJ
standards_NNS
of_IN
black_JJ
humour_NN
that_CS
would_MD
became_VBD
very_JJ
popular_JJ
few_DT
years_NNS
later_RBR
during_IN
tarantino_NP
era_NN
._.
even_RB
if_CS
we_PP
don't_DO
pay_VB
attention_NN
to_IN
skills_NNS
with_IN
which_WDT
potentially_RB
disturbing_JJ
material_NN
becomes_VBZ
eye_NN
pleasing_JJ
and_CC
entertaining_JJ
,_,
we_PP
should_MD
admit_VB
that_DT
scorsese_JJ
displays_NNS
his_PP$
talents_NNS
of_IN
truly_RB
original_JJ
and_CC
creative_JJ
filmmaker_NN
._.
first_OD
,_,
we_PP
might_MD
notice_VB
unusual_JJ
structure_NN
of_IN
the_DT
plot_NN
-_-
relatively_RB
minor_JJ
subplot_NN
is_BEZ
used_VBN
as_IN
movie_NN
's_POS
ironic_JJ
prologue_NN
._.
then_RB
,_,
instead_RB
of_IN
single_JJ
narrator_NN
,_,
scorsese_JJ
switches_NNS
to_IN
the_DT
second_NN
character_NN
as_IN
narrator_NN
in_IN
the_DT
middle_NN
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
only_RB
to_IN
switch_NN
back_NN
to_IN
the_DT
original_JJ
shortly_RB
afterwards_RB
._.
this_DT
multiple_JJ
points_NNS
of_IN
views_NNS
,_,
both_RB
in_IN
terms_NNS
of_IN
narration_NP
and_CC
various_JJ
subjective_JJ
shots_NNS
,_,
only_RB
lengthens_NNS
the_DT
ironic_JJ
distance_NN
towards_IN
characters_NNS
and_CC
their_PP$
situation_NN
._.
same_DT
ironic_JJ
distance_NN
comes_VBZ
with_IN
extremely_RB
effective_JJ
choice_NN
of_IN
soundtrack_NN
._.
nostalgia_NN
for_IN
good_JJ
old_JJ
times_NNS
is_BEZ
illustrated_VBN
with_IN
easy-listening_VBG
1970s_CD
pop_NN
songs_NNS
,_,
while_CS
depression_NN
,_,
paranoia_NN
and_CC
bad_JJ
times_NNS
find_VB
their_PP$
expression_NN
in_IN
more_DT
neurotic_JJ
rock_NN
songs_NNS
of_IN
late_JJ
1970s_CD
and_CC
1970s_CD
._.
but_CC
the_DT
soundtrack_NN
is_BEZ
most_DT
effective_JJ
when_CS
it_PP
is_BEZ
used_VBN
as_IN
ironic_JJ
comment_NN
-_-
almost_RB
pastoral_JJ
,_,
easy_JJ
listening_NN
tunes_NNS
make_VB
strong_JJ
and_CC
very_RB
ironic_JJ
contrast_NN
to_IN
the_DT
scenes_NNS
of_IN
violence_NN
and_CC
bloodshed_NN
._.
however_RB
,_,
thing_NN
most_DT
associated_JJ
with_IN
this_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
couple_NN
of_IN
continuos_???
shots_NNS
that_RB
feature_NN
characters_NNS
moving_VBG
through_IN
large_JJ
rooms_NNS
and_CC
interacting_JJ
with_IN
dozens_NNS
if_CS
not_XNOT
hundreds_NNS
of_IN
people_NN
._.
such_DT
scenes_NNS
,_,
although_CS
they_PP
require_VB
very_RB
great_JJ
skill_NN
and_CC
patience_NN
during_IN
their_PP$
shootings_NNS
,_,
became_VBD
very_RB
popular_JJ
among_IN
other_JJ
directors_NNS
in_IN
1990s_CD
._.
fragmentary_JJ
character_NN
of_IN
the_DT
screenplay_NN
,_,
which_WDT
doesn't_DOZ
have_HV
straight_JJ
plot_NN
and_CC
instead_RB
bases_NNS
film_NN
on_IN
series_NN
of_IN
loosely_RB
connected_VBN
vignettes_NNS
,_,
gives_VBZ
another_DT
interesting_JJ
opportunity_NN
for_IN
scorsese_JJ
._.
he_PP
uses_VBZ
this_DT
structure_NN
of_IN
film_NN
to_IN
experiment_NN
,_,
and_CC
most_DT
successful_JJ
of_IN
such_DT
experiments_NNS
is_BEZ
hilarious_JJ
"_"
a_DT
day_NN
in_IN
life_NN
"_"
segment_NN
near_IN
the_DT
end_NN
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
._.
another_DT
essential_JJ
element_NN
of_IN
goodfellas_NP
is_BEZ
large_JJ
but_CC
superb_JJ
collection_NN
of_IN
great_JJ
acting_JJ
talents_NNS
._.
the_DT
most_DT
respectable_JJ
among_IN
them_PP
is_BEZ
robert_NP
de_NP
niro_???
,_,
but_CC
his_PP$
character_NN
,_,
who_WP
happen_VB
to_TO
be_BE
most_DT
quiet_JJ
and_CC
business-like_JJ
member_NN
of_IN
criminal_JJ
trio_NN
,_,
gets_VBZ
overshadowed_VBN
by_IN
two_CD
of_IN
his_PP$
friends_NNS
and_CC
colleagues_NNS
._.
joe_NP
pesci_???
deserved_JJ
his_PP$
"_"
oscar_NP
"_"
for_IN
supporting_JJ
role_NN
of_IN
homicidal_JJ
psychopath_NN
tommy_NP
,_,
and_CC
his_PP$
lines_NNS
,_,
including_IN
ad-libs_???
,_,
probably_RB
represent_VB
the_DT
most_DT
memorable_JJ
element_NN
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
._.
ray_NP
liotta_NP
,_,
although_CS
equally_RB
talented_JJ
,_,
perhaps_RB
doesn't_DOZ
look_NN
as_CS
the_DT
best_JJS
choice_NN
for_IN
narrator_NN
and_CC
nominal_JJ
hero_NN
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
._.
liotta_NP
's_POS
henry_NP
hill_NN
looks_VBZ
somewhat_RB
too_RB
hollywoodised_VBN
and_CC
glamorous_JJ
among_IN
this_DT
bunch_NN
of_IN
low-level_JJ
street_NN
thugs_NNS
._.
liotta_NP
,_,
on_IN
the_DT
other_JJ
hand_NN
,_,
improves_VBZ
general_JJ
impression_NN
by_IN
very_RB
realistic_JJ
and_CC
menacing_JJ
portrayal_NN
of_IN
drug_NN
addiction_NN
._.
lorraine_JJ
bracco_NN
is_BEZ
,_,
on_IN
the_DT
other_JJ
hand_NN
,_,
very_RB
effective_JJ
and_CC
believable_JJ
as_IN
karen_NP
hill_NN
,_,
wife_NN
who_NP
gradually_RB
descends_VBZ
into_IN
same_DT
moral_JJ
cesspool_NN
as_IN
her_PP$
husband_NN
._.
paul_NP
sorvino_NP
is_BEZ
also_RB
very_RB
effective_JJ
as_CS
patriarch_NN
mafioso_NP
,_,
and_CC
among_IN
the_DT
supporting_JJ
cast_NN
most_DT
memorable_JJ
is_BEZ
chuck_VB
low_JJ
as_CS
pestering_VBG
small-time_NN
gangster_NN
who_WP
unknowingly_RB
digs_VBZ
his_PP$
own_DT
grave_NN
._.
as_CS
a_DT
combination_NN
of_IN
clever_JJ
sociological_JJ
study_NN
,_,
black_JJ
humour_NN
and_CC
innovative_JJ
filmmaking_NN
goodfellas_NNS
became_VBD
something_PN
only_RB
the_DT
truly_RB
great_JJ
films_NNS
could_MD
do_DO
-_-
work_NN
of_IN
art_NN
and_CC
excellent_JJ
popular_JJ
entertainment_NN
in_IN
the_DT
same_DT
time_NN
._.
because_CS
of_IN
this_DT
achievement_NN
,_,
and_CC
also_RB
because_CS
of_IN
the_DT
great_JJ
influence_NN
on_IN
future_NN
filmmakers_NNS
,_,
this_DT
cinematic_JJ
gem_NN
deserves_VBZ
its_PP$
rightful_JJ
place_NN
among_IN
the_DT
best_JJS
films_NNS
of_IN
1990s_CD
._.
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